Information for Aspiring Speakers

The Call for Speakers for PowerShell Conference Europe is now open until the 16th of December 2022!
This year again we will select around 40 speakers to present two sessions relevant to PowerShell practitioners.

If you’ve never been to PSConfEU, check our PSConfEU 2022 after movie and the recordings!

In this post we’ll try to answer the most common questions you may have, but if anything is missing, feel free to contact us!

Speaker Mentorship

This year we’re launching a mentorship program for those who’d like some extra help with their session submissions, and if selected, with preparing and rehearsing their presentations.

How does that work?
Click on the picture to access the form and register, it takes 2 minutes. We’ll contact you with further details soon!

We’ll chat with you and give you some tips such as: what organisers might be looking for in a session abstract, how to submit, and what to expect of the process.

Then we’ll assist with your creation process where an experienced speaker will review your first draft and give you some pointers. Finally when you’ve created your abstracts we’ll help with the “how to create the presentation”.

Benefits

PowerShell Conference Europe is only as good as its speakers and their content! We depend on the great effort they put into their sessions and we love to see them sharing their knowledge with the community.

Although we are not able to pay speaking fees, we offer the following compensation:

  1. Contribution to the hotel accomodation (equivalent to 50% of the room from Sunday to Thursday)
  2. Full access to the conference, social events, and the traditional PSConfEU Mug
  3. Speaker SWAG
  4. Speaker’s dinner

We know, it is still an important cost easier for certain demographic, so we’re ready to consider helping a bit more those from underrepresented groups, just reach out!

For instance, if you’re travelling with a child under the age of 3, your hotel room will be covered by us on a double occupancy + baby basis.

While we focus on an in-person conference, we always do our best to record the sessions and make them available publicly, although every year some technical glitches get in the way, which means we can’t guarantee it.

Session Topics

speakers on stage

We’re pretty open-minded about the topics as long as it sounds helpful and interesting to our audience of PowerShell practitioners. At the end of the day, the community thrives when its members have fun and are successful in their job and career.

Each year we ask the community what content they would like to see at next PSConfEU, and we share those findings on social media (whatch this space for 2023, it’s beyond the scope of this post).

To clarify, it’s not “just” about PowerShell, but it usually has to be relatable to PowerShell professionals.

Non-technical skills, mental health, practices, methodologies, tools, or other technologies that must not be missed for PowerShell folks are all great candidates. We’d consider talks about why another language is more appropriate than PowerShell for a given task, like how Bicep is for defining Azure infrastructure as code. The key for such submissions is to have the abstract relatable to the potential PSConfEU participants.

Obviously, it’s well known that many attendees come for deep technical content, but we also want sessions packed with the fundamentals of the language, even if it has been covered in previous years. There always are participants relatively new on their PowerShell journey, and those interested in a quick refresher.

Don’t be fooled though, fundamentals might be challenging to present with clarity. Completely original projects or approaches might be easier to get selected as they won’t compete with similar submissions. A lot of the session selection also look at the overall conference, to make sure we the content is coherent and do not overlap too much, that’s why it’s so much work for the selection committee!

Session Length

Over the years, we found that 45min including Q&A worked best for most sessions and the 15min break between sessions was required for participants to recharge between talks, or follow up with the speaker. It does require the presenters to get quickly into their subject, without spending too much time in background information or context.

Attendees want to see demos, code, solutions, examples, then hear the explanations!
We recomend you prepare about 30 minutes of the main content, after which you pause for Q&A for up to 15 min.
Make sure you have some extra demos ready to show, in case there are no questions. Even better, have them recorded and we can share them even if you don’t have time to present them.

NEW: Follow-along sessions

This year we’d like to have submissions for “follow-along sessions”.

Those are 90 minutes hands-on sessions designed so that the attendees can reproduce what is presented. It’s not a workshop because there might be over a hundred attendees in the room, but there will be tables and people with their laptop.
Those thessions will be 45min, the 15min coffee break, and another 45min.

It is the attendees’ choice to do the hands-on part, but they may prefer to just follow your presentation, or team up with whoever is next to them.

Timeline

While the call for speakers is open until the 16th of December, it’s best to submit early! We might review sessions and announce speakers before this date. If you want early feedback and support with your submissions, register for the mentorship program and we’ll get in touch. If you register too late, we might be too busy to follow up.

By the 5th of January we will have notified each session whether it has been accepted or rejected. We’ll then ask the speakers to confirm their commitment as soon as possible. Once confirmed, we will start announcing the speakers and adding them to the schedule.

From there, as we get closer to the conference we will register your speaker ticket, help you book your hotel, and keep you informed.

Questions?

For furter questions, related or not to the Call for Speakers, feel free to email us at: contact {at} psconf.eu!

PSConfEU MiniCon

All systems go for PSConfEU MiniCon on the 27th of September!

After the fun we had in Vienna during the in-person PSConfEU 2022, we wanted to follow-up with the community, and give the opportunity to speakers and those who have watched the sessions or recordings on YouTube to discuss.

Some of our selected speakers couldn’t deliver their session during the in-person event, and we wanted to give them that opportunity since they spent a lot of time preparing for it.

We also wanted to enable anyone from the community worldwide to be able to participate in a fun way that is also more sustainable.

PSConfEU MiniCon is free, virtual and where all are welcome! It has also a much lower environmental impact than an in-person event, while enabling worldwide collaboration!
We will only have a limit on the number of attendees we can accept (~350), to keep it manageable.

So what will it look like? It will be ran on the Gather platform, for which we’ve created a custom map to suit our needs.

Gather is a video chat platform designed to make virtual interactions more human. In Gather, you’re a little avatar that evolves in a 2D “top-down” map. This emulates the movement you would have on a conference floor, where you’d have to discover the environment and walk up to people to interact with them.
To have best experience, we recommend that you have your webcam and microphone set up.

Once your avatar is getting close to other participants’ avatar, you start hearing them and see their videos. Several participants close to each other can therefore be in a group and chat together.

There will be booths for our sponsors and some for the communities that contribute to the PowerShell ecosystem.

We have also built small private areas for speakers to engage in group conversations. You can get into one of this area and have a group chat: a good way to ask the questions you did not get the opportunity to ask after watching their session(s)!

We also have some open areas people can get into to discuss some subjects or just pick one up.

And of course we have the track rooms, with limited seats!

So make sure you register your ticket (for free) and we’ll send you the invite to the PSWorld map on the 27th of September!

See you online at PSConfEU MiniCon!

PSConfEU Vienna Info

PSConfEU Podcast – Episode 1 – The Story behind #SadJoey

We have created a new podcast specifically to bring you news about PSConfEU, where we can share news about the preparation of the event, behind the scene discussions, and broader news from the #PowerShell community!

We are going to have short episodes (of 20 minutes or less), probably twice a month. We would love to have some guests, so if there is someone that you would love to hear talk about their PsConfEU experiences please let us know.

This is our first episode, recorded on the 20th of February 2022 with Rob Sewell (@sqldbawithbeard) and Gael Colas (@gaelcolas), two of the PSConfEU Organisers.

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In this episode we talk about the PowerShell Conference Europe 2022 in Vienna, why we think our speakers love dogs and the story behind #SadJoey. We also discuss the PowerShell and DSC Community calls and the PowerShell Summit in Bellevue

PowerShell Conference 2022 tickets
Is it Spocks Interview?
Jaap and Tiwaz
Barbara and Cody
The Original SadJoey Photo!
The First #SadJoey Mention
SadJoey Figurine
Enjoy all the #SadJoey Photos
PowerShell Community Call
DSC Community Call